Two Ex-Reporters’ Million Dollar Age Discrimination Cases Made Headlines in LA this Week

In one of the cases, a former sports reporter for the LA Times won a $7.1 million jury verdict after alleging he was forced out of his job because of his age.  The sports writer, TJ Simers, was with the newspaper for decades before, he claims, the paper constructively terminated him by creating intolerable conditions,...

California’s Most Notable False Claims Act Whistleblower Cases of 2015

In 2015, California accounted for approximately 25% of all healthcare related False Claim Act (FCA) cases.  From the ones unsealed, the average settlement amount recorded is approximately $6 million per case.  With increasing and more frequent monetary awards, relators are increasingly emboldened to continue reportin...

Recent False Claims Act Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical and Wireless Companies Indicate Government’s Push to Reward Whistleblowers and Punish Corporations

The first False Claims Act (FCA) case from last week involved a large pharmaceutical company by the name of Warner Chilcott paying $23,000,000 dollars to settle claims that it defrauded the government.  A case that has been closely watched by our Los Angeles Employment Attorneys showed how three former employee whistl...

FAA Whistleblower Protection Program

Whistleblowers are an important part of our society. Today we will discuss a whistleblower protection program jointly operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This whistleblower protection program protects employees of a U.S. air carrier, th...

Former USC Coach Sues for $30 Million Under Alcoholism-Related Disability Discrimination

An interesting recent lawsuit shows the complex world of disability discrimination and the requirements of employers to engage in the interactive process. The lawsuit was brought by USC’s former head coach Steve Sarkisian and alleges that the University fired him instead of accommodating his drinking problem (a disab...

Airline Employee Rights

Let's say you work for an airline carrier. What are your employee rights if you have an issue related to your employment with the airline? The answer depends on (1) whether you belong to a union and (2) what type of issue or claim you have. We will examine each in turn. If you belong to a union, your union will typi...

California’s Equal Pay Act Put to the Test, and Sexual Discrimination Against Bikram’s Choudhury

This past week we saw several cases of employers who not only discriminated against their employees but also retaliated against them after the employees complained.  Classic cases with a new spin helping workers against companies that placed them in hostile work environments. Once interesting case reported by our ...

Wrongful Termination Damages

Calculating lost wages as a result of wrongful termination, many times a retaliatory act based on our whistle blower client having objected to an illegal activity, is a three step process. The first step is calculating your lost earnings, fringe benefits and retirement income that you would have received "but for" t...